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BEEF WELLINGTON and SPICY HOT POT: Pizza Hut Taiwan’s Latest Flavors Are WILD

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Pizza Hut Taiwan has a drool-worthy collection of holiday season pies they’re slinging right now, both of which are based on popular dishes not just in Taiwan, but around the world.

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One of these popular pies is the Beef Wellington Pizza, based on the celebratory British dish. Beef Wellington is extremely popular around the holiday season, when people tend to splash out on fancy cuts like filet mignon that are required for the meaty feast.

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A traditional Beef Wellington meal would consist of beef wrapped in puff pastry with mushrooms, plus sides of mashed potatoes, vegetables, and a sauce like a red wine reduction.

Pizza Hut’s version holds true to all of those components, albeit with slight twists. The beef they use is slow cooked in red wine and balsamic vinegar to emulate that reduction, and squares of puff pastry are baked into each slice. Balls of mashed potato and corn are embedded into the crust and on the pizza itself, which comes with spinach, mushrooms, and red peppers.

While it’s not an actual Beef Wellington topped like a pizza (which would be really cool), it is a hearty and tasty tribute to the British classic. Now to see what Gordon Ramsay thinks about it.

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Hot pot fans also have an interesting pizza to tuck into, as Pizza Hut Taiwan has collaborated with hot pot chain Tripod King to debut the Fire Spicy Hot Pot Pizza.

This pizza is inspired by the “Mala” style of hot pot, which features a spicy, numbing broth made with tingly Sichuan peppercorn. The pizza itself is brushed in a Sichuan pepper oil, and is made with hot pot spices. On top of the pizza is cheese and an array of meats you’d find in a hot pot, including chicken meatballs, brisket, tendon, shank, and honeycomb tripe.

Curious to see how this slice would fare if dipped into an actual pot of spicy, numbing broth. I’m actually drooling just imagining that flavor combination.

Pizza Hut Taiwan’s Beef Wellington Pizza is available for sale through January 4th, while the Spicy Hot Pot Pizza is being sold in limited quantities until stocks run out. Those of you in Taiwan, I’m incredibly jealous.

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Cravings Packaged Food What's New

Guy Fieri’s Signature Trash Can Nachos Now Available Nationwide

There’s a legendary town of lore, where first bumps are aplenty, the flames are on max, and the food is always bomb af. This magical place goes by Flavortown and it’s leader, the mayor, is a man of mythic stature in food. The man is none other than Guy Fieri.

As the longtime host of “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” Fieri knows a thing or three about the ultimate comfort food that sticks to your ribs and even longer in your memories. Which is why his signature Trash Can Nachos has resonated to his fans fare and wide. The juicy deets? Picture a towering inferno of deliciousness, stacked high with crispy tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, Guy’s Super Melty Cheese Sauce, Guy’s Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, black beans, pico de gallo, jalapeños, sour cream, cilantro, and pickled red onions.

Now, folks nationwide are able to indulge in this Flavortown classic dish. Thanks to a partnership with Goldbelly, Guy Fieri’s Trash Can Nachos are now available to order nationwide on its site. So if you’re fiending for some nacho comfort, choose from the following options of the Trash Can Nachos on Goldbelly:

This indulgent nacho kit doesn’t come with Guy’s trademark fist bump afterwards, but trust you’re channeling his inner flame with each bite.

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Culture Hit-Or-Miss Sweets What's New

Ben & Jerry’s and Colin Kaepernick Debut Brand New Vegan Flavor

With Ben & Jerry’s stepping up to the plate and being a prominent supporter of social justice, it only made sense for them to link up with ardent social activist and former NFL start Colin Kaepernick to release a brand new, permanent flavor.

Named “Change the Whirled,” the entirely vegan offering features a caramel non-dairy sunflower butter base with fudge chips, graham cracker swirls and chocolate cookie swirls. It’s a tasty plant-based option that makes sense for Kaepernick, who is a vegan himself.

This partnership is an appropriate nod to the courageous work Kaepernick has done to champion social justice, pursuing equity for Black and Brown people, and confronting systemic oppression and police violence. With Ben & Jerry’s aspiring to become a social justice company themselves, this sweet collab is a step in the right direction to shedding more light on the social justice ills that have plagued America. What’s more, this new flavor will also support the work of Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camps, which he founded to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.

Change the Whirled will be available as a full-time flavor at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops and on store shelves nationwide in the United States beginning in 2021 with a suggested MSRP of $4.99-$5.49. 

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News Products What's New

Let Cozy Season Begin With This Pizza Hut Weighted Blanket

With the temps dipping lower by the day serving as the Bat Signal for something warm and toasty, the vibes beg to be served. Because as seasons slip into fall and winter, our need to combat the chill comes around like clockwork.

The need for something warm and toasty part? Pizza Hut and Gravity Blankets know what time it is and have linked up to provide just the antidote: a giant weighted pizza blanket.

This limited edition Original Pan Weighted Blanket clocks in at 15 pounds of the warm and fuzzies and measures at 72-inches in diameter, so trust the coziness will envelope you in full. Availability is now at originalpanblanket.com and goes for $150.

Order an actual Original Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut to really fulfill the warm and toasty situation while wrapped up in the tastiest weighted blanket ever.

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Fast Food Plant-Based What's New

McPLANT: McDonald’s Long-Awaited Plant-Based Menu Coming In 2021

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McDonald’s has been taking its time when it comes to adding plant-based foods to its menu. Outside of a couple of international tests and launches, the burger chain hasn’t added anything vegan onto its dining options. We now know the reason why: the burger giant was working on making its own forms of plant-based meat.

This new platform of items, called the McPlant, will start with a plant-based burger test that will happen in select markets globally in 2021. The plan is to bring this, along with meat-free chicken and breakfast offerings, to McDonald’s locations over the next few years.

According to USA Today, the announcement was made by McDonald’s International President Ian Borden during the chain’s most recent investor update call.

“McPlant is crafted exclusively for McDonald’s, by McDonald’s,” Borden said. “In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken-substitutes and breakfast sandwiches.”

Making your own plant-based substitutes is no easy feat, which explains why McDonald’s has been taking so long. According to CNBC, McDonald’s was working with Beyond Meat behind the scenes for a while to make their McPlant lineup happen, but are choosing to not tack the company’s name onto their plant-based offerings.

How their take on a plant-based burger will stack up to what’s already out there, however, remains to be seen.

After McDonald’s big news, the remaining national fast food establishments to have not tested or announced a plant-based or meat-free substitute include Arby’s, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, and Sonic, amongst others.

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Culture Fast Food What's New

McDonald’s Japan’s Double Cheeseburger With Rice Buns Has Got Our Attention

“Gohan” or “Rice Burgers” turned heads when McDonald’s Japan released them earlier this year. But now a new iteration of it has been debuted by the Golden Arches called the Gohan Dabuchi or “Rice Double Cheeseburger,” as reported by SoraNews24, an English-language Japan-based food and pop culture website.

The release of this double cheeseburger with crisped rice buns has generated considerable buzz online, notably for looking so damn delectable with the melty cheese and glistening double patties.

SoraNews24’s own fast food reporter, Seiji Nakazawa was able to try the burger out and gave a glowing review stating, “the taste of beef really stood out in a way it didn’t with other rice burgers” and that its “ratio of beef to rice seemed perfect.”

The Rice Dabuchi is priced at 390 yen ($3.73) plus tax and is accompanied by a regular Dabuchi featuring burger buns for 340 yen ($3.29). These two new burgers debuted on October 28th and are set for a limited run on McDonald’s Japan locations.

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Fast Food What's New

Wingstop Tests Bone-In Thighs Amidst Wing Price Hike

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It’s been no big secret that the price of chicken wings has skyrocketed in recent years. Data from the USDA’s most recent chicken market report shows that in just the past week, the prices for wings and party wings jumped by 33 cents and 25 cents per pound, respectively.

Wing chains have been working around these price spikes, mainly by heavy promotion of boneless wings, which can be made using other parts of the chicken. Wingstop, however, appears to be testing and marketing a whole new cut: bone-in thighs.

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Available in any of the chain’s 11 signature flavors, the bone-in thighs are fried just like regular wings would be cooked. Thighs are often considered one of the more tender, juicy parts of the bird when cooked perfectly, since they have more fat than white meat.

Wingstop started testing bone-in thighs a couple of weeks ago, telling Foodbeast that they were available in seven different test markets. Foodbeast was able to independently confirm that these markets include the following locations:

  • El Paso, Texas
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • St. Louis, Missouri
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Wingstop is having this test be a part of their “whole bird strategy,” with the goal being to “utilize more parts of the chicken and increase the amount of contract-based purchases,” according to a Wingstop representative. This should theoretically help control the price range of chicken the chain is selling.

For those interested in trying the bone-in thighs in the test markets, they’re available in a bunch of different orders. There’s a 2-piece or 5-piece set, along with combos that include thighs, wings, fries or veggie sticks, and a drink. The largest of these bundles includes 10 thighs, 10 classic wings, and 10 boneless wings.

As for a national release, Wingstop hopes to have more information on how successful their test run was early next year.

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AriZona Hard Seltzer Is Officially Launching In 2021

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You don’t have to mix your own spiked AriZonas anymore, as the gas station staple is jumping into the hard seltzer game.

AriZona has teamed up with Heineken to create their new Sunrise brand of boozy seltzers by using Hornell Brewing Company, an affiliated entity, to make this partnership happen.

Each can of the hard seltzer is made with “a splash of real fruit,” but it’s unclear if that means flavors, fruit juice or fruit puree. Heineken’s press release does go after “clear mango” type seltzers, though, suggesting that there will be a juice or puree inside.

AriZona also does make flavors like Mucho Mango using fruit purees and juices, suggesting that those could be the “splash of fruit” the press release talks about.

Mucho Mango will be one of the flavors of the Sunrise Hard Seltzer, as will Cherry Punch, Lemon, and Grapefruit. All of the flavors contain 100 calories and have 2-4 grams of carbohydrates per can. The ABV of each can is 4.6%, making it slightly less boozy than a can of White Claw.

All four flavors will be available nationwide starting in the first quarter of 2021. Folks will be able to buy individual cans, with 12-pack variety sets also available.

Whether these seltzers will be 99 cents, as the usual cans are, remains to be seen.